SINGAPORE - In June, Singapore's Institute of Technical Education will showcase an innovative hawker centre on its College Central campus.
The food court was designed by students trying to creatively solve a problem and improve people's lifestyles.
With the Singaporean government planning to build six more hawker centres soon, this prototype could become a good model for parties to consider implementing, Callistus Chong, director of the School of Design and Media, told The Nation recently.
During the ninth Adobe Education Leadership Forum in Kuala Lumpur early this month, Chong presented this project among many works from ITE students' application of a "design thinking" concept and teaching style that encourages students to combine aesthetics with functionality in solving a problem.
For this project, students inspected hawker centres and interviewed stall owners, customers and cleaners for issues including dirty tables, slow turnaround of tables and a lack of civic-mindedness.
The conclusion was customers want a clean and available space to have affordably priced meals.
The students then came up with a prototype solution that included a flower-shaped table where petal-shaped trays double as a table top and panel-less shelves for the tray return system, plus centralised cleaning and distribution of crockery and an educational campaign to foster civic-mindedness.